#41 Pinehas (Maqam Saba)
Maqam - a set of notes, with traditions that define the relationship between them, their patterns and expression. A musical mode. The Maqamat (plural) are patient, inwardly drawn, they are roomy enough for poetry. We worked the concept of the give-and-take between poetry and music.
You know we are dreaming peace all the time now
the evidence of that broken vav
in shalom of briti shalom
-- that may be what's holding it up.
Let's fix the vav in the briti shalom
the covenant of peace
this reward that is given to your loyalist Pinchas.
You rewarded him the priesthood
for that unseemly act
so what is it -- this covenant of peace --
the near peace and the far peace
with the far peace you have confidence in the future
the near peace is more elusive.
The near peace the inward peace
the far peace
they're negotiating a world away
here we are praying
working our gardens and our abs.
Something unfinished in you Pinchas
we need you but we need you
[Numbers 25:7 ff.]